West Yorkshire covers an area 29% larger than Greater London and is more than double the area of the West Midlands.
Here are some facts and figures about West Yorkshire:
• West Yorkshire is made up of a ring of five metropolitan districts -
• Each metropolitan district of West Yorkshire is an average three times larger than those outside Yorkshire and more than eight times larger than London boroughs.
• West Yorkshire has a 59% bigger area than Greater Manchester which is divided into 10 metropolitan district authorities.
• West Yorkshire is more than double the area of West Midlands which is divided into 7 metropolitan district authorities.
• The population of West Yorkshire is more than 2.3 million.
• Just under 0.8 million live in the largest city and its suburbs and surrounding towns and villages in the Leeds metropolitan district.
• Leeds is not the central point of West Yorkshire. This falls within the Kirklees metropolitan district. The county fire authority chose the village of Birkenshaw for its centrally-located HQ, while Cleckheaton is the most central town.
• More than 0.5 million live in the metropolitan district of West Yorkshire’s second largest city, Bradford, a population close to that of the biggest city of South Yorkshire, Sheffield.
• The West Yorkshire metropolitan county was formed in 1974 from around 28% of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. It included the central portion of the previous administrative county, an area where towns had seen expansion mainly associated with woollen textile production, engineering and connected industries.
• In 1974, the five metropolitan districts, supported by a metropolitan county authority, took over the administration of a total of six county boroughs, 10 municipal boroughs, 29 urban districts and 8 rural districts. Some of those had been enlarged through earlier amalgamations.
• The metropolitan county authority was abolished in 1986 but since 2014 the five metropolitan districts have come together to organise some services through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
• When formed in 1974, two West Yorkshire metropolitan districts, Halifax-based Calderdale and Huddersfield-based Kirklees, decided upon names that would be more inclusive of all their other towns.
• Kirklees metropolitan district has the largest population in the UK of any borough not containing a city.
• The highest point in West Yorkshire is Black Hill in the Kirklees district at 582 metres (1,909ft). It is on the boundary with Derbyshire (Cheshire before 1974).
• West Yorkshire has an airport. Leeds Bradford Airport is situated at Yeadon. In light traffic, Leeds or Bradford can be reached within 45 minutes by bus.
Places in West YorkshireFind cities, towns and villages in the metropolitan districts of West Yorkshire:
BRADFORD Metropolitan district
CALDERDALE Metropolitan district
KIRKLEES Metropolitan district
LEEDS Metropolitan district
WAKEFIELD Metropolitan district
Links to useful West Yorkshire websites
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Operates with elected mayor Tracy Brabin as chairman and as decision-maker for some responsibilities after May 2021 election.
Travel network of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Metro provides help and information on journey planning, tickets and passes and support for sustainable travel.
Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.